Proposed gun storage bill triggers debate in Oregon

The bill is still in the early stages, but it would essentially require gun owners to store their guns in a secure location like a safe or have a trigger lock on them when they're not in use.

Posted: Dec 18, 2018 6:22 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2018 6:39 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Democrats in the Oregon Legislature plan to introduce a bill in January that would require people to store their guns using locks.

Sen. James Manning and some other Democrats are pushing for the proposed bill. Manning said the bill is still in the early stages, but it would essentially require gun owners to store their guns in a secure location like a safe or have a trigger lock on them when they're not in use.

He said the reason behind the bill is to prevent children or someone unauthorized from accessing or using the guns. Manning said gun owners who don't comply could be fined $500, or up to $2,000, if a child gets ahold of the gun.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Adam Bryce, the owner of GunRunner Arms in Junction City. He said he has multiple safes for his guns but said he does have some that are out for immediate use and for protection, which is why he's frustrated with the proposed bill.

"Somebody breaks into my house, why would I be responsible for what they did with it?" Bryce said. "If someone stole my car and went over and ran into a crowd of people in downtown, would I be responsible for that because they did a criminal act? No, I don't think so. Same thing goes for firearms."

Bryce said if there are children in your home, people should lock up their firearms. He said gun safety is vital, so much so he gives away child locks for firearms for free.

Democrats in the state Legislature plan on introducing the bill in January.

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